Tai Chi Chuan Solo Form (Medium Frame-Tiger Form)
Yeung (Yang) Sau-Chung Form
Even though there are several different "frames" and "forms" in Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan repertoire, Grandmaster Yeung Sau-Chung has chosen to do Medium Frame-Tiger Form during his lifetime. It is this form that was handed down to the next generation and henceforth. The advantage of Medium Frame-Tiger Form is that it contains both Large and Small Frame elements, and Tiger Form contains both Snake and Crane Form elements. It is this middle road that offers the practitioners the best of all frames and forms. For many large frame practitioners, even though they may or may not experience the medium frame without knowing it, do not experience the small frame; likewise for the small frame practitioners, who will not experience the large frame. Same principle applies to the Tiger Form. Tiger Form contains the elements of the power training of snake form while, at the same time, offering the health benefits of the crane form.
When Medium Frame and Tiger Form are combined, they offer the practitioners the powerful combinations of the internal principles of Tai Chi Chuan. Medium Frame/Tiger Form strengthens the body and "peng jing" without taxing the lower back or without jeopardizing the knees from injuries. Medium Frame/Tiger Form benefits the body without the sacrificing the relaxation of the body and maintains the principle of Dynamic "Power" Push Hand. Medium Frame/Tiger Form practitioners will understand the inner circles of the waist and the joints that are represented as the frames. With the emphasis on the presence of the circles, Medium Frame/Tiger Form practitioners will eventually understand the principles of the Nine Pearls. Without the nine pearls, the Complete Internal Connection cannot be achieved. When the complete internal connection is absent, then the practitioners cannot execute the body movements as one unit. Therefore, the concept of the unit refers to 'Peng Jing energy'. In the absence of the principle of 'Moving the body as One Unit", the practitioners cannot coordinate the mind and the body. Moreover, without the mind/body coordination, the intent will be absent.
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